Ellen Braun

Ellen Braun
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Ellen Braun is head of Allen & Overy LLP’s German antitrust practice. She specialises in EU and German competition law and has an active practice representing clients in competition proceedings before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and the courts. Her practice covers the full breadth of antitrust law and is geared towards long-term competition and antitrust strategies. She regularly advises on merger control (including multiple worldwide filings), and the structuring of cooperation, joint venture and distribution agreements; horizontal and vertical compliance risks (including forensic audits); and strategies to prevent or defend abuse complaints. She also designs and reviews compliance management programmes.

In recent years, Ellen has had a special focus on defending clients in EU and German cartel investigations, including leniency applications, and defending a large number of cartel follow-on damage cases in court. Her long-standing client relationships encompass all industry sectors, among others, fast-moving consumer goods, chemicals, mining, construction, infrastructure and energy, media and entertainment, as well as financial services.

Recent cases include defending Bell AG in a German cartel investigation; CTS Eventim GmbH & Co KGaA in two German investigations regarding competitor cooperation and dominance abuse, the latter now pending before the Düsseldorf appeals court; Evonik in antitrust compliance matters and global merger control cases; Rosneft in several EU and German merger control cases; Salzgitter in two German investigations in the steel sector; Walgreens Boots Alliance in a German cartel investigation; Nikon and Derby in setting up selective distribution systems; Procter & Gamble (EU detergents and German drugstore cases); Samsung SDI (EU CRT case) and Scania (EU Trucks case) on a large number of German follow-on damages claims, mostly as part of a wider pan-European defence team.

A client quoted in Chambers Europe (2018) describes Ellen as “responsive, approachable and extremely attuned to our commercial needs” while The Legal 500 – Germany (2018) refers to her as “the renowned Ellen Braun”. JUVE (2018), in which Ellen is listed as “Highly Recommended”, refers to her as a member of the small elite of “leading senior partners for antitrust law”. She regularly speaks and publishes on EU and German antitrust law issues. Publications include two chapters in the leading German commentary Langen/Bunte on horizontal agreements under EU law and German law.

Ellen holds an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in antitrust law from the University of Hamburg. She is a German lawyer and is also admitted to the New York Bar. She speaks fluent English and French.

Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists located across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.

WWL says: Ellen Braun is a "very well-known" name in the domestic and international competition markets for her compliance and advisory expertise.

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